SAPRO best recycled product of the year awards

SAPRO best recycled product of the year awards

The South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) is inviting entries to this year’s Best Recycled Product of the Year Awards. Entries must be in by 10 August 2017.

This is the sixth year that SAPRO, in partnership with Plastics SA, will host the prestigious competition that aims to acknowledge the wide variety of products that are locally manufactured using recycled materials.


The Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards were held for the first time in 2010 and is dubbed ‘The Oscars of the plastics recycling industry’. Each year the competition grows both in number of entries and in the variety of products submitted.

This biennial competition showcases the tremendous amount of ingenuity and creativity our local product designers have, and aims to encourage brand owners to seriously consider recycled plastics as a material of choice. Whether they are designing packaging or pallets, shoes or shopping bags, this competition demonstrates that there is no limitation to where and how recycled plastics can be used.

Winners of this year’s competition will be announced at a gala dinner in Gauteng during Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week (11 to 17 September 2017).

Product categories

To encourage even greater participation and entries by local converters and innovators, this year’s competition will have the following five distinct product categories:

  • Products made from 100% post-consumer recyclate.
  • Products containing a percentage post-consumer recyclate.
  • Products made from recycled mixed materials.
  • Novel and artistic products – like articles made from discarded plastics products.
  • For the first time, there is a ‘New ideas’ category which includes anything that can be made from recycled materials; it doesn’t have to be a finished product, just the idea clearly explained on a poster, mock-up or a good description of the product.

A gold, silver and bronze winner will be announced in each of these product categories, which will also acknowledge the recycler of the material, the manufacturer of the product as well as the brand owner in front of the audience during the gala awards ceremony. The overall winning entry will walk away with the SAPRO trophy for The Best Recycled Product for 2017.

For more information
Judging criteria, rules and regulations as well as entry forms can be obtained from SAPRO’s website at:


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